An escalator takes 20 seconds to reach the next floor - if a child gets on the escalator he reaches the next floor in 4 seconds. How long would it take for the child to go up if the escalator isn't working?
Is it possible to work this out or is more information needed?
We assume that it takes seconds for the child to reach the next floor.
So,
We know that it takes 20 secs for the escalator to reach the next floor.
So, .
We also know that it takes 4 seconds for the child on the escalator. So,
Now using these, we get
You can solve the equation to find t now.